DRAP fails to check corruption, unethical marketing practices by Pharma trade & industry

ISLAMABAD: Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) which is one of the regulatory bodies and monitoring agencies to check corruption and unethical marketing practices by the pharma trade and industry has miserably failed to perform its duties. Billions of rupees are spent by pharmaceutical companies who believe and practice unethical marketing practices to bribe members of the medical profession through different ways to influence their prescribing practices and increase their sales.

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Importance of Medical Research, Scientific Writing, Institutional practice and cost effective solution to health problems

Many thanks for gifting a copy of the book “Scientific Writing: A Guide to the Art of Medical Writing and Scientific Publishing” edited by Shaukat Ali Jawaid and Dr. Masood Jawaid. The book is a valuable guide for undertaking medical research and scientific publishing for medics and also for para medics as the paramedics are also very important for holistic health care. There is a well-known adage “Publish or Perish”. The Nations who do not publish, perish- there is no innovation which is very important for progress.

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Speakers discuss Diagnosis and Management of Acute Coronary Syndrome

KARACHI: Due to tremendous advancement in the field of medicine, future is computerized treatment and chances of errors will be small. Patient and physicians contact will be focused to contact with computerization. Future of cardiologists looks very bright in Pakistan. This was stated by Prof. Kaleemuddin Aziz, Pioneer Pediatric cardiologist of the country while speaking as chief guest at a Symposium on Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) organized by Pakistan Cardiac Society Karachi Chapter at local hotel here on 17th November 2018. 

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Training in Medical Journalism by a Mentor

Dr. Maqbool H Jafary training scholarship for junior medical editors was an opportunity for me to learn and furnish my editorial skills in medical journalism. It provides an excellent opportunity on how to run journal effectively, when resources are scarce. I consider myself lucky to be selected for this week long training course organized by Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences under the supervision of Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid its chief editor. 

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How Training Effects Editor’s Career Growth

Now a days in the field of medical journalism especially in developing countries most of the editors are not well trained. They learn on the job and come to know their responsibilities and also come in contact with the new technology. This is because lack of resources and opportunities. Similarly many journal editors have limited knowledge related to publication ethics. This can have its effects leading to a negative impact on publication as well as on their professional career.

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China planning to create a black list of poor quality journals

A proposal by the Chinese government to create a national blacklist of journals is creating much debate among the country’s scientists, who are still waiting for the list to be revealed, five months after the plan to create it was announced. Preparation of the list has been shrouded in secrecy. The government says it will include journals it considers poor quality or those seeking excess profit, but it has not released its selection criteria, nor has it said when the policy will take effect.

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Wide differences in antibiotic use between countries, according to new data from WHO

GENEVA: New data published today by WHO reveals wide differences in consumption of antibiotics in different countries. For the first time, WHO has collated data on antibiotic consumption for human health care from 65 countries and areas? The report finds wide discrepancies in consumption rates between countries, ranging from approximately 4 defined daily doses (DDD)/1000 inhabitants per day to more than 64 DDD.

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Artificial intelligence predicts treatment effectiveness

How can a doctor predict the treatment outcome of an individual patient? Traditionally, the effectiveness of medical treatments is studied by randomized trials where patients are randomly divided into two groups: one of the groups is given treatment, and the other a placebo. Is this really the only reliable way to evaluate treatment effectiveness, or could something be done differently?

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Benefits of publishing Open Access

  1. Anyone can read the article without having to pay - thus increasing access and development of knowledge (this is the main rationale)
  2. There is no barrier to science, and no money-making profits from large commercial companies (but see below)
  3. Anyone can re-use the published articles without having to ask permission (but see below)

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College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan and the FCPS Examinations

Appointment by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan, as examiner for Part-I and Part-II of the FCPS examination was an unsolicited honor. It made it possible to meet and befriend many eminent medical teachers from the medical colleges in the country and from the Pakistan Army Medical Corps. Firsthand insight into the strategy and objectives of these examinations was also fruitful experience. Surprisingly, I found the Generals from the Army Medical College and CMH (Rawalpindi) fairer and more balanced as examiners than some of the teachers from the civilian institutions.

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Metformin is usually the initial drug therapy for people with type 2 diabetes-Yakoob Ahmedani

KARACHI: Diabetic Association of Pakistan and WHO Collaborating Centre Karachi organized a meeting on Nov. 18, 2018 to celebrate the World Diabetes Day. The meeting was addressed by a number of eminent diabetologists which included Dr. Samad Shera, Prof. Zaman Sheikh, Prof. Yakoob Ahmedani, Prof. Shabeen Naz Masood and Prof. Asher Fawwad.

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Quality education and training of HCPs, Paramedics will help control Hepatitis-Dr. Rahil M. Rehman

KARACHI: Quality education and training of healthcare professionals as well as paramedics is very important to control of Hepatitis and other communicable diseases. Standard Operating Protocol must be followed for ethical and qualitative medical practices. This was stated by Dr. Rahil M. Rehman, Prof. of Surgery at Karachi Medical & Dental College/ Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi. 

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